life – work balance

In my opinion there are two schools of thought when it comes to juggling your career and your life.  Those who believe in work –  life balance and those who believe in life – work balance.  I am a life-work balance girl.  Life takes priority over work in my world, and LIFE should always come first.  I think those who talk about work-life balance are those who truly don’t believe that balance is necessary but rather use it as a deceptive marketing tool.

Apparently my late night honey bunches of oats makes me feisty 😀

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Dinner was so good im sad it’s over!

I had some cooked ground turkey left over from earlier in the week, and I really wanted to try the Carba Nada pasta… So spaghetti was what’s for dinner this evening (not the usual dinner for 85+ degree weather, but whatev).  I made a simple sauce out of a can of San Marzano tomatoes and a random assortment of herbs and garlic.  Threw the turkey into the simmering sauce when I dropped the pasta–which only takes 5 minutes to cook!

The carba nada pasta was great!  Definitely going to be a repeat buy.  Once I plated the pasta I stirred in some fat free cottage cheese.  This may sound appalling to you, but it was surprisingly tasty!  Thank you Jessie for the idea!

 

 

Here are the stats on the carba nada per serving:  140 calories, 1g fat, 24g Carbs, 6g dietary fiber, 12g protein.  

Annndddd….. I’m full 😀

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Lettuce wrap… er… taco?

So, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to make a lettuce wrap.  I’m really not sure how Jimmy John’s gets theirs looking all perfect — but mine turned out more like a lettuce taco.  It must be a secret method (kind of like the secret behind rolling a chipotle burrito–a trade I learned in my short stint as a burrito lady).

Anyway, on my lettuce taco I put some grilled chicken (that I grilled during my Sunday cookfest), tomato, onion (obv.), banana pepper, hot sauce, and lettuce (yes I put lettuce in the lettuce taco).  Served up with a side of steamed veggies.  I had half a laughing cow swiss cheese wedge so I mixed that up with the hot veggies.  Delicious!

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Breakfast o’ champs

Every Sunday, I prepare my breakfasts for the workweek.  I eat 2 breakfasts each day, one when I first get to work and the other midway to lunch.  I’ve found that I gotta pace out the eating, otherwise I forage for food all morning.

Breakfast #1:  1 Egg/3 egg-white Scramble with Frank’s Red Hot, Steamed Broccoli, Potatoes & a bit o’ ketchup (I don’t care what you say… ketchup on eggs = amazingness)

 

Breakfast #2:  Usually consists of 1/2 cup plain oatmeal, 1/4 cup mashed strawberries, and a tad of brown sugar and cinnamon.  Though the warmer it gets outside, the less and less I look forward to this meal.  Definitely going to need to switch up this part of the routine.

Turns out my food drawer at work is sans oatmeal (ok Freud…).  So breakfast #2 will be a Thomas’s bagel thin, PB2, and some mashed up strawberries.

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Ole M G…

OK.. so I’m hoping once I’m a seasoned blogger I won’t feel the need to post something every 5 minutes.  But man my dinner was delicious!

I tried out making a mock-quesadilla with one of the new pita’s I ordered from Netrition.  Stuffed it with some lean ground turkey, franks red hot, and fat free cheese.  Then I threw it on the george foreman grill til it was warm and melty.  Topped with some of my favorites–onion, tomato, banana peppers, and fat free sour cream… mmmmmmmmm.  Served up with a side of cucumber salad.  OLE!

PS – here’s the stats on the pitas: 

Joseph’s Middle East Bakery — Reduced Carb/Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Bread

60 Calories, 2g Fat, 8g Carbs, 4g dietary fiber, 6g protein (for the WHOLE pita).  Boo ya!

They have a tiny bit of after taste, but worth it in my opinion.

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I love packages!!

My very first order from Netrition.com arrived today!  Woot!  I selected 3 products for this trial run:   

* Al Dente Carba-Nada Fettucine, Roasted Garlic  

* Joseph’s Middle East Bakery low-carb pita with flax  

* Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter  

Goodies ordered from Netrition

 Of course, I immediately had to dive into the powdered peanut butter.  I’ve been dying to try it since I read about it on peanutbutterfingers.wordpress.com.  You are probably wondering why on earth someone would want to try powdered peanut butter.  Well, I L-O-V-E  a big dollop of peanut butter, but the sad facts are that PB just isn’t super great for you in mass quantities.  2 tbs of my beloved reduced fat JIF packs a mean 190 calories, 15 g carbs, and 12g fat!  2tbs of PB2 on the other hand is 45 calories, 1.5 g fat, and 5g carbs.  Basically they take the peanuts and squeeze out all the fat…. But does it taste good?  

mix 2 parts PB2 to 1 part water…  

Voila!  Creamy Goodness!  

First thing, first, I stuck a finger in the PB2 and gave it the old taste test.  It smells like peanut butter, looks like melty peanut butter, and tastes like peanut butter (sort of).  It has a “healthy” taste about it — like your tongue just KNOWS that all the goodness has been sucked out.  However, once I smeared it on a piece of toasted pita I could barely tell the difference.   

Conclusion:  PB2 is pretty tasty, but it’s not exactly an apples to apples substitute for a spoonful of peanut butter.  However, if you are putting the PB on bread with some jelly or bananas, I bet you won’t be missing much 🙂

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Chocolate Ritual

I have a ridiculous sweet tooth. I could eat chocolate cake, cookies, ice cream (mmmmm) to the point of inducing a sugar coma. When I’m at work and the 2pm sugar crash hits I grab a cup of hot coffee and a single solitary dark chocolate Hershey kiss. I unwrap the kiss, place it in my mouth, close my eyes and lean back in my chair and let the chocolate melt away in my mouth. Sounds a little over the top, but I swear it sends a content shiver down my spine and totally kicks the craving. Take that 2pm doldrums!

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Jimmy John is my fitness pal!

Lunch today consisted of Jimmy Johns!  I LOVE the unwich (lettuce wraps) you can get there.  It makes me really happy that our society is moving towards a healthier way of life.  More and more restaurants are adding “healthy” options to their menus and making it easier for us all to indulge without negatively impacting our waistlines.  Today I ordered the beach club unwich, hold the mayo, add onions (my FAVORITE vegetable).  Also got the ginormous pickle, but think half of that will have to wait til tomorrow.  That thing is just too much to handle in one sitting!

I’m obsessed with the website www.myfitnesspal.com.  This is a great website for monitoring the food and nutrients you take in on a daily basis and also keeping track of your exercise.  From using this site, I’ve been able to determine that my diet is really lacking calcium and potassium.  I’m going to start looking into way to supplement these nutrients this weekend.

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Compulsive shopping

Over the years, I have developed an addiction to eBay.  I love searching for good deals, but unfortunately the object of desire is not always what you expect it to be.  Pictures can be crazy misleading.  Case in point:  a FABULOUS pair of black strappy sandals I won last week that squeezed my feet like sad little sausages.

On the way home from work, I sent the shoes back to the seller and decided to stop at acme to pick up some ground turkey which was BOGO this week (HOLLER!).  Turns out, not all acmes run the same specials so my intended efficient pit stop was a waste.

I then went to MY acme to pick up the turkey and fell into a zombie like state that frequently washes over me when I enter a grocery store.  I’m instantly in awe of all the CHOICES and goodies on every corner and have to exert extreme self control to not start throwing things in my cart super-market-sweep style.  Today, I went in for ground turkey and left with quite a few other odds and ends.  One of which was some honey bunches of oats cereal.  I’m on a mission to find delicious and nutritious cereals.  I just LOVE cereal… If that were my only food weakness I’d be set, problem is I am a serious FOODIE.  I love food.  I love eating it, making it, reading about it, sharing it, researching it… on and on.  This poses a problem because I have also been on a mission to healthify my life in 2010.  So far so good.

 

P.S.  I started a food blog.

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